He has nerves of steel. On June 13, 1981, during his birthday celebrations, she was riding a horse in a parade when a teenager shot her six times.
She just calmed her frightened horse and moved on. Authorities overwhelmed the shooter, who turned out to be using blanks. He spent three years in a psychiatric prison. But if she had been queen, she would have knocked me off that horse in an instant.
The following summer, on July 9, 1982, a disturbed young man named Michael Fagan climbed a drain and entered Buckingham Palace. He wandered aimlessly and stared down the halls in the dark for a while and ended up in Isabel’s bedroom. He woke up to find him sitting on the edge of the bed, bleeding from a cut on his hand. He was unable to call the police and kept the conversation going for about 10 minutes until a footman heard them and overpowered the man. He doesn’t seem to have been a real threat but again, she was very cool about it.